Congratulations to writer, broadcaster and ANZL member Karyn Hay who has been awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to broadcasting and the music industry in the New Years Honours List. Karyn speaks about her NZOM award, her career – and her NZ accent – in this Radio NZ interview. You can also hear Karyn discuss her literary career, including her latest novel Winged Helmet, White Horse (Esom House Press), in this 2018 RNZ interview
The Peter Wells Short Fiction Contest is now open for submissions from LGBTQI writers. First prize is $1000 cash for the winning story, $500 for the runner up and $500 cash for the best writing from a young writer aged under 25. Word limit is between 1200 – 2000 words and the deadline is 5 January 2020. Full entry details here
Congratulations to ANZL member Catherine Robertson who has been appointed the Victoria University of Wellington International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) and Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence for 2020. She will use this time to work on a novel set in Wainuiomata in the 1970s and early 1980s. The story will feature the Wainuiomata Cycling Club, which grew from modest and unlikely beginnings to become one of the most successful in the country. For more information on Catherine’s residency, follow this link.
Congratulations Sue Wootton who is the successful recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship in a very strong field of New Zealand writers spanning all genres of literary endeavour. She joins a long list of celebrated New Zealand writer recipients including Janet Frame, Witi Ihimaera, Elizabeth Knox and Bill Manhire and most recently, Paula Morris. Sue will use her time in France to work on her sixth poetry collection.
Congratulations Fleur Adcock and Elizabeth Knox who are recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement, along with Gavin Bishop. Each will be awarded $60,000 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature. Follow this link for the full media announcement.
30-09-2019Are you a NZ writer with an innovative project in the wings? The Mātātuhi Foundation wants to help NZ writers develop new and imaginative ways to increase their reach and engagement with NZ readers. Does that sound like you? The next funding round closes on 31 October. View the video for more information, or click here to apply online.
This prize is open to writers holding New Zealand citizenship or who are permanent residents of New Zealand, and, thanks to a generous financial commitment from the late Michael Gifkins’ family, the winner will receive a contract for world rights from Text, and an advance of NZ$10,000. Deadline: Midnight, 31 October. The prize is administered by the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc). Entry forms and terms and conditions.